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Last year I was traveling for 3-months around Europe and spent 2 weeks in Paris. One day when I was walking around Paris I found this spot but unfortunately I had just 1 day before my flight to Rome. After observing the large concrete frame on the wall, it gave me a lot of inspiration for several ideas on how to creatively interact with the un-used frame and location. One idea was to juxtapose an “art thief” stealing a popular painting like the Mona Lisa from the frame. I felt the idea and site-specific stencil would interact well with the un-used frame and the fact that the Mona Lisa is located just 10 minutes away inside the Louvre museum.
Time always changes things and with that new situations arise. Since last year when I was in Paris I’ve noticed a lot of new topics in street art and more importantly the thievery of art works in the street. I felt it more interesting and relative to have the art thief portrayed in the stencil stealing a piece of art that actually gets stolen quite often. The English artist Banksy is one of the most popular street artists and highly publicized victims of his street artworks being stolen. It’s not by random chance this happens to Banksy’s art as first and foremost he makes great work but also due to the fact that his indoor works have sold for several hundred thousand dollars you can imagine when he paints outside in the street his works are soon sought after by thieves.
It’s an interesting concept and somewhat of an irony as we the artists and the thieves are both working in an illegal manner. One illegal activity inspires another. The artist paints illegally with spray cans on a wall, while the thieves jack hammer and chip off illegally painted walls, illegally. It’s kind of like the pot calling the kettle black to a degree.
I took the initiative to comment and create a situation in this piece that could mimic both illegal acts simultaneously executed here in the painting and in the process.
Many years ago before Banksy’s mass appeal he painted his popular rat image that read, “Because I’m worthless.” Times have changed Banksy is a common household name as well as the increased value of his artworks. I felt like it would be applicable to the current state of affairs to appropriate his previous statement to “Because now I’m worth it” to reflect the past and current thievery of his street artworks.
“A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to”
Muralismo Morte – The Rebirth of Muralism in Contemporary Urban Art reveals the vibrancy of a new type of muralism as it rises from the shadows of urban spaces in metropolises worldwide. From much celebrated pieces in prominent places to those hidden in anonymous, decayed ruins, it features the large-scale murals and small interventions of some of the most exciting international artists associated with this movement. Muralist and art activist Jens Besser uncovers these treasures and offers special insights into the emerging scene that is coloring our urban experience.
Designers under the spotlight, onstage, against the clock, in front of a live audience of friends and peers… This is the Cut&Paste 2010 Digital Design Tournament where designers from all over the world participate in competitions in 2D, 3D and Motion design to claim their place in the Cut&Paste 2010 Global Digital Design Championships. The process began with portfolio submissions, progressed to test rounds with record numbers in each city and now on to the live event. This is a new set of challenges, far beyond the comfort zone. This is not a rehearsal. This is a chance to shine. The clock is ticking, the crowd is charged and vocal, the pressure is on. As designers cut and paste onstage, their work is outputted on large screens for all to see and streamed live to the world online. It’s time to stand up and be counted. Who will make it to the Global Champs?
On October 2nd, the 2010 Digital Design Tournament begins in the United States with a launch in New York City at Webster Hall. The tour then travels to San Francisco on October 8 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Los Angeles on October 9 at The Music Box at The Henry Fonda Theater. Each evening event features a live design competition of 16 designers competing in 2D, 3D and motion design, a Converse audience design contest, drink specials by MediaTemple and Show&Tell live presentations on design process curated by Maxon, Stash, Core77, 3rdWard, IDSA and AIGA.
NEW YORK CITY
Saturday, October 02, 2010 7:00 PM – Saturday, October 02, 2010 10:30 PM (Eastern Time)
WHERE: Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th Street, New York, NY 10003
Friday, October 08, 2010 7:00 PM – Friday, October 08, 2010 10:30 PM (Pacific Time)
WHERE: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Saturday, October 09, 2010 7:00 PM – Saturday, October 09, 2010 10:30 PM (Pacific Time)
WHERE: The Music Box at The Henry Fonda Theater, 6126 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
REGISTER: Purchase tickets through the Cut&Paste website:
Aesop Rock just launched a new website called 900 Bats- a creative resource for arts, information, and oddities. It shows his breadth as an artist- it’s video, audio, art, photos, etc. It’s not his own artist site- it goes way beyond something like that.
“In an effort to supply a sandbox for what I hope proves to be a multifarious and growing mix of contributors, I, with the help of Alex Tarrant and Justin Metros, have created 900bats.com. Original writing, photography, artwork, audio, and video content from varying sources will be posted regularly.”
Check the site out at: www.900bats.com
Contributors for the site so far include: Aesop Rock, Alex Pardee, Alexander Tarrant, Chrissy Piper, Colin Evoy Sebestyen, Coro, DJ Big Wiz, Jeremy Fish, Justin Metros, Kimya Dawson, Nick Flanagan, and Rob Sonic.
Swoon! My boo Jeremy Fish! <3
The year was 1983. At the infamous Roxy nightclub in New York, a beautiful French art director/stylist/designer/photographer by the name of Maripol was scouting for dancers for the pioneering hip-hop act Fab Five Freddy. Recalls Maripol: “I went up to this cute girl and asked if she was wearing a nice bra and if she would take [her top off] off and dance for Fab Five Freddy. She looked at me like I was absolutely mad!” The girl in question happened to be an aspiring dancer and singer named Madonna Louise Ciccone.
Though she would go on to style Madonna in a white lace wedding dress, adorned with rubber bracelets and crucifixes for the iconic cover of “Like a Virgin”, and form an enduring collaboration with the person she affectionately referred to as her “younger sister”, Maripol was already making waves on the downtown scene. Having arrived in New York from France in 1976 with her then beau, the Italian photographer Edo Bertoglio, Maripol was quickly swept up by the exciting cultural revolution of the times, working with, and befriending, the likes of Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Recruited as art director of Fiorucci’s New York store (known as the “daytime Studio 54”), she quickly gained attention for her charming fluorescent Lucite and rubber jewellery, which she used to style the likes of Grace Jones and Debbie Harry. A young and wide-eyed Marc Jacobs would plead with his grandmother to take him to the store and, prescient as ever, predicted the return of the electric neon look of the 80s with his Fall 09 collection. Fittingly, Maripol would later work with the designer on a Reissue of her archive jewellery (originally released under Maripolitan Popular Objects Ltd) and tees, which sold out earlier this year at the Marc by Marc Jacobs stores.
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RE:FORM SCHOOL is a high profile, pop up art exhibition, event series, and public awareness campaign in support of Redu.com. It is designed to bring together and engage the creative community in the drive to reform the American public education system. Public education is positioned to have its pop culture moment in 2010.
Supported by artists such as Shepard Fairey, Chris Johnson, Jo Jackson, Swoon, Ron English, FAILE, Maya Hayuk and WK Interact, as well as over 100 others, the exhibition will feature their new works based on the shows 5 main themes: Knowledge is Power, Community, Teachers Inspire, Creativity and Innovation.
Leading up to the RE:FORM SCHOOL event series, artists nationwide were invited to submit their work to the below panel of judges – the 5 winners will have their artwork displayed in the exhibition alongside some of today’s most prominent artists.
Russell Simmons – Def Jam Records
Shepard Fairey – Artist
Rosario Dawson – Actress
Davis Guggenheim – Director of “Waiting for Superman”
Ann Miller – Director of the Society of Illustrators
Wendy Kopp – Founder – Teach for America
Ivan Shaw – Photo Director – Vogue
October 9th-11th, 2010
Gallery Hours : 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Open to the Public – Number of Guests : 10,000 over the course of 3 days
October 8th 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm – Preview Reception for Participating Artists, Media, Art Buyers, Celebrities, Sponsors, and VIP’s who will have a first look at the art. To be held in the School and open air Court Yard.
October 9th – Day Time Program – incl kids workshops with WK Interact and FAILE
October 10th – Daytime Program – incl kids break dancing class with Ken Swift of the Rock Steady Crew
October 11th – 8:30 pm – Midnight – Reception for Artists and Sponsors. Blowout event with live performance and DJ
For more information, please visit their website: http://reformschool.letsredu.com/
The Art Bazaar is a unique artist management agency that has identified an unmet need for emerging or unrepresented artists to further their careers in the seemingly impenetrable New York art market. By offering exhibition opportunities, career consulting and marketing support, the Art Bazaar has become a successful conduit for artists to generate sales and buzz about their work.
October 6th – 10th 2010
Gallery Located: 175 Seventh Avenue, corner of 20th & 7th Ave.
Nearest Subway: C, E exit 23rd @ 8th Ave., 1 exit 23rd @ 7th Ave.
Marcia Cooper, Jillian Rose Johnson, Michael Letzig, Master and Margarita Art, Keith Mendak, Roy Owsley, Jena Priebe, Jason Roose, James R. Stover, Jason Talley, Lala Ter-Abramyants, and Patrick Todd
Art Bazaar Hours:
Thursday, October 7: 11AM – 7 PM
Friday, October 8: 11 AM – 9 PM (Artist’s Reception 6 – 9 PM)
Saturday, October 9: 11 AM – 8 PM
Sunday, October 10: Noon – 8 PM
Hannah Stouffer endeavors to understand the greatest human conflict and the constant contentions that we all endure. In her work, feminine decorative embellishments are counterbalanced by macabre motifs, the animal kingdom, and the never-ending pursuit of illustrating explosive emotional transcendence. Stouffer is best known for the incongruity of intricately executed imagery and shadowy and ethereal themes. Stouffer has maintained a strong presence in the illustration world while simultaneously exhibiting her work as both a commercial and fine artist. With an extensive international client list and an impressive roster of galleries, Stouffer’s busy schedule necessitates continual artistic evolution.
Go and support an amazing female artist!!!
Thursday, October 7th 5-7pm
Fate Brings Me Here, Group Show
A440 Gallery, 49 Geary
San Francisco, CA
Saturday, October 9th 6-10pm
All Souls, Group Show
215 W 6th #116
Los Angeles, CA
GRAPHICS by: PHAYMISS
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